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Jefferson Davis Park — Abbeville, South Carolina

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Jefferson Davis Park is a public park located next to the Burt-Stark Mansion in Abbeville. A large, Queen Anne-style house owned by Dr. George Rosenberg once stood on the property, seen below. The house was demolished after being purchased by the City of Abbeville during the 1970s.

Barnwell House Abbeville

Courtesy of Wilson McElveen of Columbia © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The park is named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who is said to have held his last cabinet meeting in the Burt-Stark Mansion prior to being captured by Federal troops near Washington, Georgia, in the final days of the Civil War.

Jefferson Davis Park

Mark Clark of Abbeville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The small white building in the background of this photo was used as a kitchen for the Burt-Stark mansion. It contains a wood-fired brick oven that dates back to the 1830s when the house was built by David Lesley.

SCIWAY thanks Mark Clark, an Abbeville native currently residing in Winnsboro, for submitting this picture and historical information.

Shelley Reid shared this reflection about the home: I went in the house as a boy with my mother. Don’t remember a whole lot about it but it was vacant at the time. I think mom was looking for an old house to renovate but came away with the conclusion the house, at that time, was too far gone. She eventually was able to renovate the Lee-Wright House on North Main. When I think of the many old houses forever lost in Abbeville, this house is among the ones I think about.

Jefferson Davis Park Info

Address: 400 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC 29620
GPS Coordinates: 34.180558,-82.381939

Jefferson Davis Park Map

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Jefferson Davis Park Info

Address: 400 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC 29620
GPS Coordinates: 34.180558,-82.381939

Jefferson Davis Park Map

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2 Comments about Jefferson Davis Park

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
May 18th, 2015 at 6:12 am

Hi, Beth! If you or anyone else has photos of the house, we would love to post them! Thank you!

Beth Clay says:
May 17th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

We lived in the Rosenberg house for a year when I was in elementary school while our farm house was being built. It was an amazing house, there was a room on the second floor that was round with a column in the middle. My brothers and I spent many hours playing there. It was a real shame that this beautiful home was torn down. I hope you will post pictures of it on this site.


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